Chakra system,in yogic and tantric traditions,works with the energies of our subtile body-meaning the non-physical and unseen energies that our body has. Depending on many teachings and traditions, our body has a lot of chakras but according to the Buddhist and Hindu teachings, our body has 7 major chakras. Each of the chakras has a different meaning and place in our body system and they affect many different issues in our life such as emotional health, mental health, vitality and spirituality. Blockage in each chakra energy stuck in every other chakra, or overactive chakra makes a blockage in another.
First Chakra(Muladhara): The 1st Chakra is the most masculine and physical chakra and and is represented by the element Earth and the color Red. It is located at the base of the spine and it it represents your foundation,family beliefs, safety and boundaries.Many of the family wounds and scars are located here,as well as early childhood memories and experiences. Most of the trust issues during relationships are actually stored in the first chakra due to inresolved past experiences.
Second Chakra(Swadhishthana): The 2nd Chakra is the most feminine chakra and is represented by the element Water and the color Orange. It is located below the navel in the pelvic area and it rules pleasure,enjoyment, money,purpose of life,connection and mostly creativity. Everything we create comes primarily from the Second Chakra. Being comfortable with our own emotions,sexuality and feelings is the major challenge of this chakra because of society conditioning and limits.
Third Chakra(Manipura): The 3rd Chakra is located in the navel area,is represented by the element Fire and the color Yellow.It governs our warrior energy,our personal power and self-esteem. When we follow our life purpose without a doubt,we have a strong third chakra. Setting goals,deadlines and desires and working towards them with small steps every day fuels the energy in this chakra.
Fourth Chakra(Anahata):The 4th Chakra is located exactly in the middle between the 7 chakras and its place is at the center of the chest near the heart. This chakra is the Heart chakra and is represented by the element Air and the color Green.The ability to love,passion,understanding,forgiveness and unconditional love comes from this chakra. When we let go of past experiences that hurt us,we let go of fear and ignorance and we open ourselves to love and beautiful life.
Fifth Chakra(Vishuddha):The 5th Chakra is located at the neck and the throat and is related to hearing and speaking your Truth. Its element is sound and the color is Blue. Not being able to be true to ourselves and not speaking our truth are the major challenges in this chakra.When this chakra is in order there somes a mutual communication,being truthful and authentic and we are responsible and we take care of our needs.
Sixth Chakra(Ajna):The 6th Chakra is located between the two eyebrows in the third eye region,the element is all the elements combined(light)and the color is indigo. The sixth chakra governs intuition,telepathy and inner world. The place of the sixth chakra is also the place of meeting of the two hemispheres of the brain and seeing the both outer and the inner world and we not also see with our eyes but we also understand.
Seventh Chakra(Sahasrara): The 7th Chakra is located at the top of the head and is called the Crown Chakra. There is no element or thought in this chakra and the color is white/violet. This chakra helps us understand that everything in the cosmos is connected and when it is balanced it gives us feeling of peace,awareness and understanding toward every life force in this world.The main challenge in this chakra is the balance of life-being open to spirit but also being rooted in matter.